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GP Week : Issue 110
v THE Japanese GP, postponed from March 24 to October 2, may yet be cancelled altogether, amid doubts that earthquake damage to the Motegi circuit will be repaired in time. It is not a matter of ability but of priorities, and the fear is that circuit owners Honda would face criticism if they spent the money necessary to fix the track while so many of their Japanese countryman remain homeless after the catastrophic earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The circuit is halfway between Tokyo and the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, giving rise to further concerns in the paddock, with teams reluctant to visit the area. The Turkish Kurtkoy circuit outside Istanbul is being considered as a possible replacement. It hosted MotoGP between 2005 and 2007, and the layout was popular with riders. New Ducati chassis expected after Estoril A revised Ducati chassis is expected to be ready for testing the day after the next round, the Portuguese GP at Estoril on May 1, with both factory riders hoping it will solve the conundrum that sees this year’s GP11 bike circulating slower than last year’s GP10. For a second race in succession, Nicky Hayden qualified half a second slower than the previous year, while pole position time was half a second faster. “If we knew why we’d fix it,” he said. “It’s really frustrating. We’re having big understeer problems this year. “I know Ducati’s not sleeping – they’re working on a new chassis I requested at the end of last year. As far as I know we should be testing it after Estoril.” Rossi denied that he had asked for major engine changes ... electronic adjustments were the key to making the engine “less rude” when the rider first touches the throttle. “ We have improved some systems. I gave some advice about what I like for the electronics. The hardware is exactly the same, just the settings are different,” he said. “But we have a problem with the front, and that is the first thing we have to improve. Because of the understeer, you have to force the front.” Istanbul a possible replacement Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... The world of MoTorsporT direcTly To your deskTop Issue No. 146 March 16-22 2010 WHINCUP INA FORMULA 1 CAR AT ALBERT PARK REIGNINGCHAMPS SETFORF1/V8 CARSWAP NEXTWEEK – FULL DETAILS INSIDE! POWER PLAY! Aussiesfightitout in IndyCar opener – and Will wins! EXCLUSIVE! to access a huge global audience ADVeRTISe in gPWeeK Japanese GP faces cancellation